Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy (1980)

"You a real cowboy?" John Travolta traded disco for a mechanical bull in this adaptation by James Bridges and Aaron Latham of Latham's article on Western nightlife. Texas country boy Bud (Travolta) moves to Houston to work on… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 6, 1980
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bob Thomas
Associated Press

As in Saturday Night Fever and Grease, [Travolta] plays a blustery, not-too-bright, young man with an electric personality that is fascinating to watch.

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

There's no denying that this film ends up as a counterfeit endorsement of the so-called simpler so-called values.

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Frank J. Avella
Edge Media Network

Just how his camera lingers on Travolta gives new meaning to the notion of the gay gaze...

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Bruce McCabe
Boston Globe

Glenn's Wes is the only intriguing one. He's the only real cowboy in a film that's in no way capable of handling him.

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Douglas Davidson
Elements of Madness

In short, the fact that all three central characters are fallible is unique as it makes the characters less archetypes and more human.

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Allison Rose

Winger... shines, stealing every scene she is in. She overshadows Travolta, which is usually extremely difficult to do.

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Judith Martin
Washington Post

It's too diluted.

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Matt Brunson
Film Frenzy

Travolta is fine, but Winger and Glenn are the ones who truly add fire to the film.

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Jesús Fernández Santos
El Pais (Spain)

This industrial cowboy is not precisely a midnight cowboy and is limited to telling its tedious love story to a silly adolescent public. [Full Review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Owens
A pleasant surprise. I'd read that this was one of the most popular movies from my birth year, so I watched it and immediately said it was one of the best… More
Leigh Ryan
It was alright.
Randy Tippy
Another box office hit that has not withstood the ravages of time. What was once hip now seems dated and cliche'.
Lanning : )
Winger, like Sean Young, seems to have a negative rep in Hollywood. I hope that isn't true, and if it is, I wish they would get beyond whatever it is that… More
Cassie Hill
Very good John Travolta movie. I LOVED IT!!!
James Alvarez
I want to give him a hug.